According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd have been cast in The Trail TV show pilot at NBC. Lithgow starred in 3rd Rock from the Sun which was cancelled by NBC after six seasons, during which it endured 15 time-slot changes.
A single-camera sitcom, The Trail (an anagram of “The Trial”) sounds like it has taken a page from the My Cousin Vinnie film. In this comedy pilot, a citified lawyer and his quirky defense team work a murder trial in a small town. Lithgow and Shepherd join Broadway’s Steven Boyer, in this procedural mockementary from Jeff Astrov and the cancelled Forever‘s Matt Miller.
Here is how The Hollywood Reporter describes Lithgow and Shepherd’s characters on The Trail:
Lithgow will play the man on trial, Larry Henderson. A smart but slightly clueless poetry professor at a South Carolina community college who is accused of killing his wife, Larry finds the whole notion of being charged with murder absurd, but he has a couple secrets that could really derail his defense.
Shepherd will play Anne, the well-meaning and enthusiastic assistant/receptionist at a makeshift law office in East Peck, S.C. She suffers from facial blindness — the inability to recognize people by their faces — along with a host of disorders that make her job as a member of Henderson’s defense team much more difficult.
Both Lithgow and Shepherd appeared on How I Met Your Mother. A former co-host on The View, Shepherd had her own auto-biographical sitcom series, Sherri, which was cancelled in 2009, after one season on Lifetime. Shepherd was also in the cast of the Less Than Perfect TV show, which was cancelled by ABC after four seasons.
Lithgow is playing Winston Churchill in the upcoming Netflix TV series, The Crown, about the British royal family, from The Queen‘s Peter Morgan.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of The Trail TV show? If NBC orders The Trail as a TV series, do you think you’ll give it a shot? Who else would you like to see cast?